Sanctification: The Spirit of God Dwells in You if You are in Christ

1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.Romans 8:1 (LSB) 

In this post we will look at Paul’s “therefore” he placed in the passage above. In other words, in Romans 8:1 Paul begins an important summary and conclusion which is related to his preceding arguments. We normally find that argument in the passages directly preceding the “therefore.” However, this “therefore” introduces the staggering results of all Paul’s teachings in the first seven chapters of Romans, which would include justification by faith alone on the basis of God’s overwhelming grace.

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation to the ones in Christ Jesus.. (Romans 8:1 – translated from the NA8 Greek text to English)

The “therefore” in the LSB is coming from the Greek particle ἄρα (ara), which denotes, first, transition from one thing to another by natural sequence; secondly, logical inference; in which case, premises are either expressed or to be variously supplied. It is translated in the New Testament as therefore, then, consequently, and as a result. The word translated as “no” in the LSB  and by me is οὐδὲν the accusative, singular form of οὐδείς (oudeis), which is a very good word to use here to describe “absolutely nothing.” However, this whole phrase swings on the word “now,” which is the word νῦν or nyn, which indicates the “present time, now.” The following is a quote from Mounce’s Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words page 474:  View article →